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July 29, 2017

This post is an ode to Mexico, my home for the last two years. I have been more than humbled to live in this country full of culture, colour and chaos. I wanted to put together my favourite photos I have taken during my adventures in Mexico to show a glimpse of the daily grind, the beauty and the hopefully, through these images you will be able to feel the cities and their heartbeats.  A mish, mash of my memories that I will cherish forever. No es un adiós, pero hasta luego México...

July 21, 2017

I am trying to squeeze every bit of Oaxaca into my last days in Mexico as I possibly can. I don't want to go home wishing I did this, or wishing I saw that. After nearly two years exploring this fascinating country, I am heading back to Australia for some quality time with friends and family. But, until my last day I am enjoying all that Oaxaca has to offer and the XX Feria Internacional del Mezcal (20th International Fair of Mezcal) was in town thanks to Guelagetza 2017 and I was not going to miss out on a day of tasting mezcal from over 55 different distilleries.   Here is a brief break down of Mezcal, incase you were unsure of this very unique, Oaxacan liquor. Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from many different types of agave plants that are native to Mexico. The word mezcal comes from Nahuatl mexcalli metl and ixcalli which means "oven-cooked agave". I have been told from many people in Oaxaca that Mezcal doesn't get you drunk, it gets you get high....

May 17, 2017

During the last few days my good friend has been staying with me here in Oaxaca City, Mexico, all the way from Australia. Of course, I was excited to show her all the cool things around town and I also wanted to take her to Monte Albán, Hierve el Agua and up into the mountain to San Jose Del Pacífico. We decided to hire a car for a few days and begin exploring. I had used Silvers Car Rental in Centro Oaxaca before, I had nothing but good experiences with the company.  Everything was going well. The car was brand new, we made it to all the sights over two days, there were smiles all round. Until, we were heading back into the city from the mountains and needed to fill the car up with fuel before returning it. We pulled into a Oxifuel and filled the tank. We did not know, nor had been told that Oxifuel was any different to normal gasoline. So, we drove off, in peak hour traffic. After about 10 minutes the car lost power, and stalled. Awesome right? We managed to keep getting it starte...

May 8, 2017

To many sewing and embroidery might seem a little old school or drab. But, in the last few years artists have been reinvigorating the "Nana" scene with unique and creative takes on traditional methods. A quick Etsy search will bombard you with cool examples of how many are kicking the ugly embroidered tea towels to the curb and producing some damn fine, sometimes politically provocative art that is current and ever adapting to the times. I love it when old ideas are re-created and I love it even more when the younger generations tackle their traditions and bring them into the present. So I was very happy to be introduced to a lovely lady by the name of Carolina Castañera who has taken the art of Huipil making (A traditional Mexican blouse) and thrown it  into this century. Her designs are crazy, peculiar and bright. She runs workshops here is Oaxaca City, Mexico for those who are interested in creating their own huipil and she also sells her fabulous designs through her busi...

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